Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Hitting The Greens For A Good Cause

More than $270,000 was raised for the YMCA-Lim Kim San Volunteers Programme through the 17th YMCA Charity Golf 2016 to boost the Programme's ability of developing and recognising volunteers, and promoting corporate volunteerism. The fund-raising golf event was held at Singapore Island Country Club on 12 April 2016.

“I am very moved to see the tremendous support we have received for this year’s YMCA Charity Golf tournament, and delighted to see new and familiar faces among the golfers. All of them are the benefactors of the YMCA–Lim Kim San Volunteers Programme which aims to promote volunteerism and develop the capabilities of volunteers to serve the community with excellence,” said Mr Ee Kuo Ren, Chairman, 17th YMCA Charity Golf Committee.

In 2015, YMCA volunteers contributed 146,000 hours of local and overseas community service to bring cheer to some 14,800 beneficiaries who include the intellectually and physically challenged, underprivileged and abused children, the hearing impaired, the elderly and the poor. Locally, more than 3,800 volunteers participated in 517 activities which touched lives and lifted spirits of more than 3,900 beneficiaries across 16 structured and sustained YMCA Community Service Programmes.

Beyond Singapore, 1,200 volunteers took part in YMCA International Service Programmes and made 61 trips to Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam to improve education, infrastructures, healthcare and capacity building, with an aim of empowering these communities.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of YMCA’s Community Service Programmes. Last year, over 3,220 training hours were conducted for our volunteers to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver community service programmes through the YMCA-Lim Kim San Volunteers Programme,” said Mr Chew Kwee San, Chairman, YMCA of Singapore.

Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence was the Guest-of-Honour at the post-tournament dinner.

NTUC FairPrice Foundation Ltd and Tote Board were the main sponsors for the event.

Click here to view more photos of the 17th YMCA Charity Golf 2016.

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